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My husband, Zaron W. Burnett, Jr. is a writer too, and we often collaborate. He is the author of a novel, The Carthaginian Honor Society, the creator of the "Live at Club Zebra!" performance series and co-author with me of We Speak Your Names, the poem we did for Oprah's Legends Weekend, and The Love Project, which we did in collaboration with idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones of San Francisco's Cultural Odyssey. Years ago, he had a clean shaven head when I casually remarked that I really liked Bob Marley's amazing dread locks. "Well, I'll grow you some," he said. And he did. That's not the only reason I married him, but it's definitely on the list! And yes, they're still growing.
My new granddaughter, Bailey, arrived on October 31, 2008. She's grown a lot since this picture was taken of her catching a nap in her mother's arms.
My daugher Deignan and me at an Xmas dinner party at my house. It's one of the few times I've ever worn my fabulous Legend's weekend earrings. I think my friends enjoyed the showing of the earrings as much as they did the homemade macaroni and cheese!
This is a picture of E. Lynn Harris, friend and novelist extraordinaire, me, Nikki Giovanni and Julianne Moore from the Chicago based History Makers. They asked me to interview Nikki, who I've known since I was a kid, and E. Lynn gave a great party at his wonderful Atlanta house to celebrate the occasion. Those statues we're holidng like Oscars were gifts from The History Makers, Sister Moore's visionary oral history project that has created a unique library of history makers, and the people who love them!
I have two grandchildren, Michael who is five, and Chloe, who is three. They both know a good costume when they see one!
I am blessed to have such amazing friends. Here Zaron and I are with four of them: Cecelia Corbin Hunter, Walt Huntley, Jr., Mayor Shirley C. Franklin, and Ingrid Saunders Jones. In their professional lives, each has achieved so much I won't try to list their accomplishments, but personally, I can't imagine my life without them. My friend, Sue Ross, Atlanta's one and only photo griot, took the picture!)
   
This is a picture of me and some of my favorite writers and good friends following a presentation we made at The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta in 2003. Nikky Finney, a wonderful poet and author of The World Is Round, and On Wings Made of Gauze, in on my right. Ntozake Shange, the playwright who changed my life with For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf...is on my left. Next to her is Tayari Jones, one of my favorite novelists and author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling.
I always participate in the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and part of that is signing my books at the Book Fair, sponsored by Medu Books in Atlanta. Zaron's book, The Carthagenian Honor Society, is sitting on the table beside me because he was coming to sign later. And because I love that picture of him on the front of the book!
   
When Zaron and I got married, Susan Taylor surprised us by showing up at the reception. Susan has been a friend and great supporter of m y work since I wrote my first piece for ESSENCE many years ago. Having her there was a wonderful gift on a very special day. I guess we could have been smiling wider, but I don't know how!
I do a lot of workshops and lectures. This was a group photo taken after I did one with some young women sponsored by Charis Books & More, Atlanta's wonderful feminist bookstore. I think they taught me as much as I taught them!
   
My daughter Deignan and my grandson with me at home in Atlanta in 2003. Michael and I look like we have the same barber.
My granddaughter, Chloe and me, taking a look at the good luck bamboo.
   
I don't like to fly, so Zaron and I drive everywhere we go. On the road, for us, literally means hitting the highway. We've driven from coast to coast and a whole lot of places in between. The trips have helped me to know and love this country better and are always an adventure. This road shot was taken outside our motel on Route 206, in Trenton, New Jersey.
Proud parents Deignan and Will Tucker welcome my newest grandbaby, Bailey Deignan Tucker, born into our family October 31, 2008. Photo by Mistuh Will

Photo Credits: The photo of me and Zaron with friends was taken by Sue Ross.
Other photos by Deignan Lomax, Zaron W. Burnett, Jr., Charis Books & More and Medu Bookstore.